What Disabilities Are Covered Under Social Security?

At Lovins Trosclair PLLC, we handle a wide range of Social Security disability cases and have the adept knowledge and experience to help you with your Social Security disability application process, regardless of whether you have been denied benefits one or more times. We offer effective representation to clients in Austin and Dallas.

The Blue Book, published by SSA’s impairment listing manual, provides a list of numerous impairments – physical and mental – that qualify a person for Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The condition of the individual must match the specified criteria in the listing for the particular impairment. Our Social Security disability lawyers can help you understand your eligibility for SSD benefits in relationship to the conditions listed in the Blue Book.

Medical Conditions in the Listing Manual

The listing manual includes:

  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Neurological disorders
  • Senses and speech issues
  • Mental disorders
  • Various syndromes
  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Skin disorders
  • Immune system disorders
  • Digestive tract problems
  • Cancer
  • Congenital disorders that affect multiple body systems
  • Kidney disease and genitourinary problems
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Hematological disorders

Must the Condition Match the Blue Book Listing?

Someone filing for Social Security disability benefits does not have to meet the exact listing requirements for a particular elements or impairment. Disability benefits are also available if the features of your condition are medically equal to the criteria in a particular listing or related listing.

In addition, if your condition limits your ability to function such that you are unable to work, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits if you do not meet or equal the criteria for Blue Book listing. The SSA will evaluate your condition relative to your ability to perform daily routine activities and work will determine whether there is a particular type of work/job you can be expected to perform safely.

Must the Condition Be in the Blue Book?

Someone claiming Social Security disability benefits does not have to possess an impairment listed in the SS disability Blue Book in order to obtain benefits. However, if a claimant is experiencing the condition to such severity and also documented medically, the SSA may approve disability benefits if the condition is preventing the applicant from working a full-time job. The key to qualify for benefits is that the impairment is medically determinable and lowers the individual’s Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) to the degree that he or she is unable to perform his or her previous job or any other job.

Contact a Social Security Disability Attorney Near Dallas or Austin

At Lovins Trosclair PLLC, we are your trusted advocates to help you obtain the Social Security disability benefits you deserve under the law. Call our law office in Dallas at 512.535.1649 or Austin at 214.305.6700, or use our contact form to arrange a free consultation.